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    Default PreOrder for Sakura 4MB PCMCIA SRAM

    Hello, I'd like to announce preorder for newcomming device Sakura 4MB PCMCIA SRAM.

    Item will be available at the end of August 2014. There will be only one production batch set by number of preorders.

    Item product page at RetroAmi.com.pl

    Price of this item: 200 PLN (about 49Ä).

    Description:

    Add 4MB of Fast RAM to your unexpanded Amiga 600/1200. This additional memory will make your system much faster and allow to run more demanding games and applications.

    The product has following features:
    - Adds 4MB of Fast RAM to Amiga 600 or Amiga 1200
    - Accelerates unexpanded Amiga 1200 to 1.67 MIPS (according to SysInfo)
    - Built using modern, high performance 55ns SRAM ICs
    - Very simple installation - just insert the card into PCMCIA slot on the left side of Amiga
    - Compatible with all PCMCIA friendly accelerators and memory expansions*
    - Open source design
    - Made by Amigans for Amigans!

    * - We did our best to ensure that this card works on as many configurations as possible, but some accelerator and Fast RAM expansion designs are inherently incompatible with PCMCIA slot if more than 4MB of memory is installed. Note that PCMCIA SRAM should work with them anyway, if less than 4MB Fast was installed on the turbo card. Of course, if you donít have any accelerator, you donít have to worry about that.

    The following A1200 cards are known to be PCMCIA compatible and should work correctly with any amount of memory installed:
    - Blizzard 1230/1240/1260
    - Apollo 1240/1260
    - ACA 1220/1230/1231/1232
    - most other turbo cards supporting more than 8MB of Fast memory
    - 4MB Fast trapdoor expansions without CPU
    The following A1200 cards are known to be problematic if more than 4MB of memory is installed:
    - Apollo/Elbox/Viper 1230LC
    - M-Tec 1230/28
    - Blizzard 1220 if more than 4MB RAM installed
    - 8MB Fast trapdoor expansions without CPU
    The following A600 cards are known to be PCMCIA compatible and should work correctly:
    - ACA630
    - 4MB Fast expansions attached on top of processor
    The following A600 cards are known to be problematic if more than 4MB of memory is installed:
    - ACA620 (in default PCMCIA-incompatible mode)
    - Ninetails (in default PCMCIA-incompatible mode)
    - 8MB/9.5MB Fast expansions attached on top of processor

    Picture shows a prototype. Final product might differ from the picture.

    Warranty 24 months.
    Last edited by RetroAmi.com.pl; 2nd June 2014 at 18:45.

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    Will production exactly meet preorder numbers or will there be a few more, also, when is the end of the preorder period? I'd like a pair of these but I'm not able to preorder right now.

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    im just wondering why anyone would want a 4mb pcmcia card and a blizzard or aca or apollo 1240/60 that can take way more memory?
    just dont make any sense...
    i have got too much hardware,it would only hurt your eyes to look at it here

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimbob
    Will production exactly meet preorder numbers or will there be a few more, also, when is the end of the preorder period? I'd like a pair of these but I'm not able to preorder right now.
    Generally we are only planning a production batch based on the number of preorders. We just can't finance additional production out of our own pockets (this is purely a hobby project). However, preorder will be open for a few more weeks, so if you will manage to get the money in that time, you'll be able to secure cards.

    We are planning to end the preorder on 30 june.

    Quote Originally Posted by roy_bates
    im just wondering why anyone would want a 4mb pcmcia card and a blizzard or aca or apollo 1240/60 that can take way more memory?
    just dont make any sense...


    Our PCMCIA SRAM card is cheaper than any ACA, Blizzard of Apollo. It makes sense for anyone that has unexpanded A600 or A1200 and wants just some fast RAM to run WHDload or basic Workbench. That's the basic idea.

    If someone already owns accelerator, there's not much reason to get this card, besides the pure pleasure of having it of course
    . Also some turbo cards are limited to 4MB of on board RAM (like some Apollo 630 versions), or have difficult to obtain expansion modules (Blizzard 1220). Then adding our SRAM card would be a cheap option to expand RAM to 8MB.
    Last edited by strim; 29th May 2014 at 11:22.
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    I have pre ordered a couple, any new add on for our hardware is greatly appreciated and welcomed and your correct its great for basic system and WHDLoad

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    Thank you!
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    will the finished card be cased or a bare pcb?

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    Bare PCB. Case might be available separately from 3rd party.
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    Last day to make preorder is 30 june. Ordering at later date won't be possible. So if you want to grab one of these cards, be sure to order as soon as possible!
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